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spied spying and us congressman america's national security agency to continue its worldwide surveillance despite visible divisions in. u.s. friendly new zealand and some prominent figures they're blaming washington. really party headquarters torched gas in the streets thousands of angry protesters clashed with police in tunisia following the assassination of a prominent opposition leader the second such case this year. our brave young men and women to fight against al-qaeda in some countries and al-qaeda in other countries. the idea of syrian rebels calling it siding with
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terrorists as the syrian national council plans to talk weapon shipments during its visit to the top stories this hour. from a studio center here in moscow this is with the twenty four hours a day the show must go on that's the message from american lawmakers who have allowed the national security agency to continue spying both at home and abroad a motion to curb its activities was blocked in the house of representatives by a narrow margin of only twelve votes if approved it would have bought the n.s.a. from listening to every phone call made to a u.s. phone vote has exposed a major split within both republicans and democrats and earlier i discussed this
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and ways to protect public privacy with. one of the few internet service providers which denied it. that's a surveillance requests i think the only solution for keeping the n.s.a. from spying on people on the internet is people using encryption and then having service providers that are willing to stand up and stand against broad surveillance and wholesale monitoring and of as we've seen with revelations this past week the n.s.a. wasn't really happy about encryption coming on the internet they tried to block it they tried to stall it and they've tried to request keys from large entities like google and others to monitor the encrypted communications as well as they've they've gone way overboard on this that i'm on the side of the people who want to defund the n.s.a. i'm on the side of the people who are our gas to the constitutional violations they're executing you know there are many in congress who are calling edward snowden a trim a traitor and a criminal when in fact i think it's the people in the n.s.a.
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who are the criminals who are not following the constitution and have perjured themselves in front of congress these are these are people we cannot trust and it's a time that we audit them or shut them down as long as that information is transmitted in the clear and there are willing partners of the n.s.a. allowing them to collect data off the internet they're going to continue doing that as long as they can when they would snowden who revealed to the world what the n.s.a. is up to still waiting for the paperwork to allow him to leave his current state of limbo in and put transit. is emergence is eagerly anticipated by the world's media who have been waiting for him to come out since he arrived from hong kong more than a month ago he's applied for asylum in russia and is apparently planning to settle here meanwhile washington is continually demanding extradition if sent home he could be tried for espionage for revealing the scope and details of america's program the history of a bomb is war blows leaves little doubt that in this case it would snowden could
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end up best heading down the path of his fellow leaker. these girls john reports by relentlessly going after whistleblowers here we picked some of the most notable ones the u.s. government is sending a message this is what's going to happen to you if you speak out even if you think you're doing it for the public good even if the public things you did the right thing in edward snowden's case fifty five percent of americans consider him a whistleblower not a traitor and yet even as many americans are thinking to snowden for greater awareness about the government's blatant snooping on millions of absolutely innocent people snowden still had to flee the country so was not to share the fate of his fellow whistleblowers had the state he would have been in jail facing life in prison or maybe even the death penalty the example of bradley manning is right there the twenty five year old u.s. army private bradley manning has been in custody for three years now and is facing more than one hundred fifty years in jail many leaked documents and videos that
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exposed war crimes committed by the u.s. the military judge has recently ruled that manning still has to face the most serious charge the charge of aiding the enemy despite many claims that he's sole intent was to make the public more aware of the cost of war the human cost and other whistleblower former cia analyst john king also thought he was doing the right thing when he spoke about the cia's torture practices and became the first government official who confirmed waterboarding at one time to get out who was the head of the cia's counterterrorism operations in pakistan father of five kid out who is now in jail serving his two and a half years sentence former n.s.a. employees william binney and thomas drake were very close to jail time after they separately blew the whistle on the government's massive surveillance program which they saw as ineffective an illegal needless to say their careers were destroyed edward snowden's revelations of only confirmed would be drake had been saying for years but possibly unlike binney and drake snowden has also made public
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indisputable proof of the existence of the programs i had the chance to interview three of these men john kiriakou william binney and thomas drake they talked to me about what it's like being targeted by the u.s. government take a listen to your in itself is control. and what people will do when they're fearful is they were be will begin to censor themselves so much of what's happening now particular my case it sent it extraordinarily chilling message that anybody i was a senior executive the government had a very high position to say it sends it extraordinarily chilling message that if you speak out if you speak up we're going to hammer you and we're going to hammer you hard because look what we did to mr drake the court is supposed to protect the constitution all these all these people in government take an oath to defend the constitution and they're not living up to their oath of office i never believed i would be going to prison under
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a president obama never. that's been i think my biggest disappointment the classified documents that daniel ellsberg leaked four decades ago revealed that the u.s. government had lied about the vietnam war and those revelations contributed to the erosion of public support for the war daniel ellsberg was the first whistleblower who was charged under the espionage act the government went after him with all he had wiretapped him without a court warrant broke into his therapist's office trying to find something to discredit him with the judge dismissed all charges against ellsberg due to the gross government misconduct and illegal evidence gathering today daniel ellsberg stands in support of all these whistleblowers arguing had he been charged today he would have most probably gone to jail in washington i'm going to. activists in new zealand say march is being organized against government attempts to allow the country's intelligence service the g c s b to legally spying on citizens this is
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prohibited under the current legislation but the agency's done so dozens of times since two thousand and three many helping other security agencies their upload found a kim dot com who was exposed to a lawful surveillance tactics themselves says is the us which is promoting the motion of a c.s. . n.s.a. director general keith alexander visited new zealand right after the legal spying by the g.c. s.p.d. in my case became known and during his stay here in new zealand he brainstormed with the g.'s years b. what to do about the scandal i assume that only an american general could have had the idea to push for new spy legislation granting incredible new powers to the g.c.'s be under such circumstances. but it turns out that america's surveillance agency is not as almighty as it seems you can find out why the n.s.a.
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which is green like to spy on the whole world can track what is actually happening in his own backyard all of r.t. dot com. was online officially wanted moscow's issued an international arrest warrant for fugitive boss of the late order to set again magnitsky who died in jail provoking the wrath of human rights groups worldwide. first things first the syrian national coalition leadership is expected to talk arms shipments with the u.s. secretary of state on thursday and discuss matters of peace with the u.n. only the next day that's as the world body secretary-general ban ki moon put the death toll from the civil war to more than one hundred thousand people. well it's no secret that the syrian opposition wants to receive the weapons and military aid that the obama administration has promised to provide to rebels fighting against
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president bashar al assad and this is likely going to be the main topic that will be discussed between the u.s. secretary of state john kerry and the syrian delegation visiting the u.n. which is being led by the president of the syrian national coalition the new president jarba now the issue many experts are raising here is the fact that the group has no official power and lacks support and recognition inside of syria the syrian national coalition was founded in doha and is based in is stamboul many see this group as outsiders lobbying for more arms to import into serious already bloody civil war and several u.s. lawmakers have publicly opposed providing any weapons to the syrian rebels among the most outspoken is republican senator rand paul he recently accused u.s. president barack obama of asking the american military to open up a front without any congressional approval and there are currently seventeen
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different rebel groups in syria including the largest group. of fighters are radical anti-american geodes and they're affiliated with al qaeda. but your politicians in washington are eager to send weapons they promised own weapons won't get into the hands of the enemy i don't believe that anyone believe that well i think those goals are what will be discussed in the informal security council meeting that will take place on friday that meeting was called for by the u.k. now according to reports the syrian national coalition the delegation at the u.n. is expected to state its readiness to send its representatives to the conference in geneva in order to join other influential opposition groups the negotiation table with the syrian government without preconditions now that meeting is the second international conference in geneva it is commonly referred to as geneva two it's
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co-sponsored by russia and the u.s. now the international conference as our viewers probably know already seems to outline a political settlement settlement in syria in accordance with the geneva communique which calls for a transitional government to be established that it takes members of the opposition and members of the assad government now while all these negotiations are taking place most recently as you already mentioned the u.n. secretary ban ki moon announced that more than one hundred thousand people have been killed during syria's ongoing civil war and this is leading many to ask including rand paul who we just heard from if sending weapons to an ongoing conflict is the best idea for ending all the violence and bloodshed because that is what the u.s. plans to do to arm the opposition and the rebels with military aid and this is something that we can be sure will be discussed at least behind closed doors at the united nations. well many experts think u.s.
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military has already made iraq a failed state. in the number killed in the country this month alone to shocking seven hundred fifty nine people as interpol's international. breaks out five hundred of its own from iraqi prisons. as a mobile ad campaign telling illegal immigrants to get in touch or get arrested in its latest drive to encourage them to leave the country. protests have broken out across the killing of a prominent opposition politician being reports of tear gas being fired at protesters in the capital the ruling party's headquarters set on fire in the city of cd busied. reporter has the details now from. this morning. that explains some of the ministry of the interior. there when you got there it was
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a smaller group of people and there was between some of the policemen and some of the protesters and that's when the police these two guys. but then there were people who also went to the hospital where you can see the body of on the ground and make a few hundred. you know. screaming. and then after that some of them had it may have been you know. that's when i. started getting bigger and bigger and so now there are hundreds. of men have that you have to keep us in front of the main fear here in china. but so far they got their. opposition leader mohamed brahmi was shot dead by two gunmen on motorcycles next to his home in bed striking similarities to febreze assassination of another secular leader chokri belaid protests following his death led to the resignation of the
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islamist prime minister and a boy seen in middle east analyst at i.h.s. country risk told me earlier that she believes the ruling party will suffer from the escalation the assassination whether it is to blame or not. this is a very sensitive issue as you know the last time we saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets we saw strikes across multiple sectors. we have been identifying such a political assassination as a potential trigger for that kind of thing to happen again the problem is that no matter how much the party leadership try to rein in their supporters there's a very deep underlying political divide here between the secularists and the islamists within two days here this is really all about determining the nature of what to his he is going to look like socially as well as politically following the uprising in the revolution so it's a very contested area that is likely to be polarizing people very much already and i think the assassination is just going to bring that to the fore once again. more
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news coming up after the break. please please see. the first strike.
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and i think your. orders. can struggle. to be a local. election. news continues here on r.t. the death toll in iraq this month alone has reportedly reached a staggering seven hundred fifty nine people after a new wave of violence claimed dozens of lives across the country this comes as interpol issued an alert after al qaida freed some five hundred of its members in attacks on iraqi prisons in a statement the organization said most of those escaped the senior members and pose an international threat to political analyst patrick harris and things that could never pulled off such a prison break on his. iraq at the moment is only realizing seeing the fruits of
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the seeds that had been sown through a decade of occupation by the united states and other forces five hundred terrorists sprung from two different prisons. it's quite extraordinary i mean the odds of this actually happening without any outside. help but say either from satellite from the telecommunications support this isn't a prison break that al-qaeda could organize all their own would have had to be either an inside job and also have outside support so it's quite extraordinary the ramifications of this for iraq. there isn't a lot of confidence in the security services in iraq after an event like this happened but i think we need to investigate further about how it happened and who might have been involved and helped. the european court of human rights has ruled the conviction of russia's former oil tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky was not politically motivated critical ski who was once russia's richest man and seen as
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president putin's adverse reach in the west is currently serving a jailed him for money laundering and embezzlement and it being a question of that has more now on the case. in court documents rice has dismissed claims that the prosecution off the helicopter cost he and his business partner blocked on a bridge if it was politically motivated now the court found no violation of these rights to a fair trial but still the court of knowledge said there have been some other violations all their rights in particular the four said that russia unfairly tourist him huge tax serious and unfair you send him and his business partner to a far away tunnel colonies now following that of the court in strasbourg or russia to pay higher costs the compensation a thousand euros now this is a very small sum in comparison to watch the ucas shareholders were asking is a compensation now roughly one hundred billion dollars and this present
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compensation sounds like a symbolic gesture really but still this is the second application to the european court off human rights and the previous one also found no via no political motives behind the prosecution now he was arrested back in two thousand and three on charges fraud see and convicted two years later while still serving his sentence he was trial again and convicted on money laundering back in two thousand and ten and he helped lead our cause it is to be released next year and in two word two thousand and fourteen. the greek parliament has voted to make the most changes to labor laws needed to receive to the whole of billion euros in bailout funds and you know just nation involves transferring and possibly sucking fell's of public sector workers the first time method has agreed to make cuts despite unemployment
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increasing dramatically the global financial crisis hit greece five years ago when less than one in ten people that didn't have a job but that number skyrocketed and a quarter of the popular. is out of work the latest figures from the finance ministry show almost as many twenty three percent have fallen below the recognized poverty line and people are being forced to look elsewhere for opportunities university of thessaloniki estimates ten percent of all students who have earned science degrees have all ready left the country now that is one hundred twenty thousand people or it is you got this kind of reports on greece's brain drain. fortis has a master's degree in engineering management you got it in the u.s. and hoped it would help him find a job in greece but for months now this logistics mastermind hasn't been able to find a use for his skills he says businesses are simply afraid of hiring new staff because there is all these unstability they don't know what will happen in the two or three months later so there is zero investment going on in the market highly educated
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people unable to find work are becoming as common pleas here as strategies in a greek salad officially two out of three grads in greece are now unemployed it's not only about graduates most of all can find a decent job even of a master's degree have also decided to stay in science often in front of us while leading to an academic deadlock that so far even the brightest minds haven't been able to crack because of the latest star city measures by greece's creditors the so-called troika around seven hundred fifty scholars all ph d. holders elected to serve as faculty members of the national academy can't be officially appointed to their posts stuck in unpaid limbo they're also unable to use existing research facilities even if they are willing to do so for free but that just finished their ph d.'s and want to give things to education and to thirty veltman of the country cannot have
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a just held hostage just waiting for their plane when they don't have money they are looking for other jobs to survive according to a recent study by the university of bristol only over one hundred twenty thousand professionals including scientists have left greece since two thousand and ten and as the troika continues pressing athens with the new austerity measures in exchange for financial aid the potentially catastrophic brain drain the country's experiencing is either being unnoticed or deliberately ignored you go to school of athens greece. in the u.k. vans plastered with ads threatening illegal immigrants with the rest assumed to appear on the streets of london it's part of a new push to get people to surrender to the local authorities if they're illegally staying in the country and it's not the first immigration campaign to be launched of late the fight against immigration begins beyond britain sure and i hear a series of suggestions from the public poking fun at government attempts to put off potential immigrants citizens from countries thought to be high risk will soon
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be made to pay a three ball and to enter the country and they'll get them back when they leave. reports this is barking and dagenham one of six london boroughs where the vans with massive billboards like the one behind me with a message go home or face arrest will be driving around london in the next week this is the latest attempt of the u.k. a home office to deal with illegal immigration in the country they say they want to encourage a voluntary leaving of the country now would also advertise a number that can be texted by immigrants to ask for help and how to leave the country on their own accord now the home office says that voluntary returns are the most cost effective way of dealing with illegal immigration with about twenty eight thousand departures last year and the immigration officer minister mark harper had said of the message essentially is that there is an alternative to being led away in handcuffs however this program has received
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a lot of criticism we have spoken with david coburn of the u.k. independence party we're awfully horrified i mean this is like. the nazis going around was cool with trucks it's dreadful it's discriminatory it's unpleasant it makes the country loop extremely unpleasant indeed but we also spoke with the migrant rights network to see how this might impact communities and what kind of reaction it could get from illegal immigrants and the locals alike. the minister has chosing very diverse areas of london to drive design around and what we will do is actually create suspicion of immigrant communities people. look for in one way or another and all of this falling under an active push by the government to make britain more difficult and as has been reported a more hostile environment to unwanted immigrants reporting from london i'm.
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more international news in brief now here's vivid security footage of the train pulled off the tracks in northern spain killing at least eighty reports say it may have been going round a corner more than twice the speed alone the local government is said to drive the train is being questioned as part of two investigations launched into the crash it's the worst railway accident to happen in spain for decades. emergency services have had to evacuate parts of a small airport in miami after a suspected leak of depleted uranium fifty five gallon drum containing the substance was found opened in an area where a plane was due to be broken up at executive airport officials say the container have been sealed earlier it's unclear how that seal was broken. what is prime interest is next from washington.
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boy oh boy there are a lot of conspiracy theories out there from mysterious extra planets drip killian creatures living among us but there also may conspiracy theories that are very plausible and some that are well actually true one that i've heard for a long time is that they are specifically trying to fool the police with dimwits to abuse the american people which is silly right right according to a.b.c. news the discrimination lawsuit revealed that robert jordan was denied the chance to become a new london police officer because he was too smart as entrance exam score was a thirty three which is an i.q. of one hundred twenty five and it was just too high to allow him to defend the public good that police department only accepts candidates who have scores from twenty to twenty seven the logic is that people who are too smart get bored as policemen and they're more likely to quit after years of costly training. yeah this is proof of a conspiracy theory well the lowest score they accept is still around an average i.q.
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so that doesn't mean they're specifically trying to fill the place in sub par people but it does seem really weird to fear people with high i.q.'s entering the police force this case to have a confirms nor denies the conspiracy theory but is definitely food for thought and does a kind of not make sense to discriminate against anyone ever for having a high i.q. i don't know but that's just my opinion. allow and welcome to prime and i'm hereon boring. and here's the story that we're tracking today at big point up high on the team that's what the headlines in the media suggest the security exchange commission is alleging however the f.c.c. . it is simply investigating whether the new crypto currencies are being used as a tool to war investors and to an illegal investment scheme now whether or not this is true the smear campaign against alternative currencies continues in
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a press release the i.c.c. stated quote investors should understand that regardless of the type of investment the promise of high returns with little or no risk is a classic warning side of fraud well don't tell that to freddie at least trying to got out. and there was a natural gas explosion on an unmanned raid off the coast of louisiana on tuesday the blaze has been described as out of control no injuries were reported on the nearby jack up the rig but a natural gas cloud any very large a light sheen was reported the operator of the well stated no oil spilled but again it's the natural gas curiously of the well that exploded was a side track which is usually used to overcome an engineering problem with the original well we'll stay on top of this story as it develops and we have a bloomberg update that would be the scandal were bloomberg reporters were allegedly spying on bloomberg terminal users including such power users as.

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